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Posts Tagged ‘WMC’

Memphis Police Department Considers Daily Newscast

There is a new newscast being considered in Memphis, according to NBC-affiliate WMC.

The Memphis Police Department is looking at broadcasting a daily newscast, similar to one launched in Baltimore earlier this month.

“If in fact the citizens who are concerned about crime that’s on the rise or occurred in their neighborhood, they can tune in to that channel,” Memphis Police Association president Michael Williams told WMC reporter Jamel Major.

Watch Major’s report on the proposed newscast inside… Read more

Raycom Taps WMC News Director Tracey Rogers as KAIT General Manager

Raycom Media has tapped Tracey Rogers as vice president and general manager of KAIT in Jonesboro, AR.  Rogers is currently the news director at WMC, Raycom’s Memphis station.

Rogers, who has been WMC’s ND since 2007, replaces Tim Ingram at KAIT.  Raycom recently named Ingram vice president and general manager of KFVS in Cape Girardeau, MO.

“Both of these internal promotions further confirm Raycom’s commitment to growing and promoting talent and management within the company,” Raycom stated in a press release announcing Rogers’ promotion. Read more

After Hiring 3 Reporters, WFTV News Director Bob Jordan Says Station is ‘Full’

With the recent addition of three new reporters, WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, is done hiring, at least for the time being.

“We’re full,” news director Bob Jordan told the Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t have any openings. Right now, we’re booked up.”

WFTV’s three new reporters are Renee Stoll, Lori Brown and Racquel Asa. Stoll, who joined WFTV from WINK in Fort Myers, started last week; Brown, who was previously at WMC in Memphis, started yesterday. Asa starts early next month, after she finishes out her time at WSYR in Syracuse.

Reporter Lori Brown Moving from Memphis to Orlando, Starts at WFTV in October

Reporter Lori Brown is set to leave Memphis’s WMC, where she’s worked since 2007, for a job with WFTV in Orlando.

“I am very excited to be joining the WFTV team, a powerhouse station lead by news legend Bob Jordan and Matt Parcell,” Brown told TVSpy today via email.  “I start October 31st as a general assignment reporter, with a personal goal of digging up government corruption and waste.”

A USC alum, Brown began her broadcasting career at KCOY on California’s Central Coast and she says that she’s looking forward to seeing palm trees again.

In Many Markets, Oprah Finale Preempted by Severe Weather Coverage

For a handful of markets around the country, Oprah’s farewell is coming a day late.  That’s because severe weather rolling through the midwest and southeast forced local stations to preempt Oprah’s much-anticipated final show on Wednesday in favor of weather coverage.

Oprah fans in St. Louis, Toledo, Little Rock, and Memphis had to wait until today to watch the finale in its entirety.

While KSDK, WTOL, KATV, and WMC may have upset fans, the stations ultimately feel that their audiences were best served with live weather coverage.

“We understand the importance of Oprah’s final show,” WTOL news director Andi Roman told the Toledo Blade on Wednesday, “but when it comes to tornados and severe weather, that’s the biggest factor that we worry about. Our team of meteorologists is on top of making people safe.” Read more

In Memphis, WMC Achieves Ratings Success Not Seen in 15 Years

Memphis’s WMC has reason to pop the champagne this weekend. The NBC-affiliate did a clean sweep in February with all of its newscasts finishing #1.

The station says that it’s the first time the feat has been achieved in 15 years.

“We’re encouraged by the growth of these news ratings,” said WMC general manager Lee Meredith. “Coupled with the skyrocketing numbers that we’re seeing on the Internet and on mobile devices, this is very humbling. We never take our viewers for granted.”

CBS-affiliate WREG took the silver in all of its match-ups with WMC, including 10 p.m., which was both stations’ highest-rated newscast of the day.

“I attribute our success to many things, but most importantly we have the right team on the field working for these successes,” WMC news director Tracey Rogers told TVSpy via email.  “They know our mission and carry it out day in and day out and listen to our viewers and what they want to see every night.”

WMC Report on Local Teen Pregnancy Epidemic Lands on ‘Today’


Memphis NBC-affiliate WMC reported last week that 90 students at a local high school are either pregnant or have recently given birth.  The staggering figure caught the attention of “Today” producers and the show aired its own report on Wednesday morning, with Ron Mott reporting live outside of Memphis’s Frayser High School.

WMC anchor Ursula Madden delivered the original “breaking news” segment, saying, “it’s a number that shocked our newsroom.”

Memphis CBS affiliate WREG followed up on the pregnancy epidemic at Frayser High School, airing its own report in which reporter Bonny Kinney spoke with a recent graduate who has two kids.

Video after the jump… Read more

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